Lab Alumni


Dr. Julie Gawrylowicz

Bio: Julie graduated from the University of Maastricht (NL) with a MSc in Psychology and Law in 2007. She then went on to the University of Abertay (UK) and completed her PhD in Psychology in 2010. Her doctoral research investigated the ability of witnesses with mild learning disabilities to construct facial composites.

Julie then went on to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher on a Leverhulme funded project with Professor Amina Memon and Dr Alan Scoboria at Royal Holloway, University of London. The research aims to develop procedures to maximise the accuracy of witness statements in senior citizens and young adults. We intend to provide a better specification of age related memory deficits as well as to develop interviewing and training procedures to counteract these deficits

Julie is now a lecturer in the psychology department at London South Bank University.

Research interests: Memory, investigative interviewing, face recognition and meta-cognition.

Federica Picariello


Bio: Originally from Italy, Federica is in her second year,  studying for a BsC in Psychology at Royal Holloway.  She find’s psychology intriguing because it is embedded in every aspect of life.

Federica has been trained in the Cognitive Interview and is working on current projects by transcribing and coding interview data.

Research Interests: Forensic and Clinical Psychology.


Andy Clark

Bio: Andy worked on a Leverhulme funded project with Professor Amina Memon, Dr Julie Julie Gawrylowicz and Dr Alan Scoboria at Royal Holloway, University of London.  He worked on 2 projects that examine nonbelieved memories in older adults and across the lifespan. Before coming to Royal Holloway, Andy graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Psychology in 2010, and MRes in 2011. Since then he worked with Professor Giuliana Mazzoni as a Research Assistant.

Andy will be starting a PhD at the University of Portsmouth in September 2013

Research interests: Memory, meta-cognition.

Dr. Katie  Maras


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Bio: Katie graduated from the University of Kent in 2003 with a First Class BSc Hons in Psychology and in 2008 she completed an MSc in Research Methods at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her dissertation from this explored the accuracy of adult eyewitness testimony under cross examination, with Prof. Tim Valentine.In 2011 she completed a PhD at City University London with Prof. Dermot Bowler. This work explored how the unique pattern of memory functions in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) transpires in different eyewitness situations, and how best to interview people with ASD.

Katie then went on to work at the University of Plymouth with Dr. Marina Wimmer on an ESRC-funded project exploring how mental imagery abilities develop in children. She was recently awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship to work with Prof. Amina Memon at Royal Holloway, in collaboration with Prof. Dermot Bowler at City. She is investigating how well people with ASD recall the temporal order of details from witnessed events, how well they recall events in which they actively participated, and how credible witnesses with ASD are perceived to be by jurors and lay people.

She leaves the RHEG to take up a lectureship at the University of Bath, we wish her the best of luck.

Research interests: Autism spectrum disorder, vulnerable witnesses, eyewitness testimony, memory, investigative interviewing, cognitive psychology, mental imagery.


Francesca Ainsworth


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Bio: Francesca graduated in 2009 with a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of St Andrews. She continued her studies in St Andrews and completed a Master of Research in Psychology during 2010. Her earlier research projects focussed upon memory for faces of ‘missing persons’ and ‘wanted persons’ viewed on posters. She  investigated which aspects of these posters have an influence on identification accuracy.

Francesca completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, under the supervision of Professor Memon. She worked in the area of eyewitness testimony and memory accuracy, assessing the impact of refreshing a witness’ memory, by viewing or reading their original testimony, on recall accuracy and cross-examination performance.

Francesca began a new position as Partnership Analyst for the Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership in September 2013.

Research interests: eyewitness memory, face recognition, police interviewing techniques and courtroom practices.


George Shephard


Bio: I am a third year Psychology student at RHUL, and am interested in how eyewitness memories for crimes can be enhanced, to obtain more detailed information. I’m additionally interested in the role of attention (as well as inattention), and how this can affect eyewitness recollections of particular events.


Cerys Evans

Bio: Cerys is a third year psychology student at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is particularly interested in how different levels of detail in eye witness testimonies may affect the perception of the witness in the courtroom, and to what extent this will ultimately affect the verdict given. Cerys plans to pursue a masters in Forensic Psychology upon completion of her undergraduate degree.


Julie Solberg


Bio: Julie is an international student in her second year. She is studying Psychology at Royal Holloway and is interested in forensic and clinical psychology.

She joined the lab group before the summer and is working with Francesca Ainsworth, conducting cross-examination interviews for her PhD research. She enjoys being involved in both social and academic meetings with the Eyewitness Group.


Julia Griem


Bio: Julia is a second year psychology student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Since joining the Eyewitness Group in January 2012, she has primarily been involved in transcribing interview data. She is now conducting cross-examination interviews as part of Francesca Ainsworth’s PhD research.

Julia enjoys participating in the Eyewitness Group lab meetings which, she says, have improved her critical-thinking skills during discussions of published research.

Rebecca Lagergren


Bio: Rebecca is in her second year doing Criminology and Sociology. She joined the Royal Holloway Eyewitness Group just beforethe  summer in 2012.

She is currently interview participants as part of Francesca’s PhD  research. Rebecca is particularly interested in the Forensic Psychology and Violent Crime modules she is currently taking as part of her degree.

Francesca Morreale


Bio:Francesca is currently a mature student in her third year as a Psychology undergraduate at Royal Holloway. She decided to pursue her interest in psychology in the hope that she could retrain and build a career in something she enjoys. She is particularly interested in why people exibit certain behaviours and the biological basis for that behaviour, as well as understanding mental illness.

During her time in the eyewitness lab group she has been involved in testing and interviewing participants, transcribing and coding data. She has previously volunteered in clinical settings at Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon and the NHS Community Neurorehabilitation Centre in Croydon.

Research interests: Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology

Stephanie Cross


Bio: Stephanie is a third year Psychology student at Royal Holloway and has a keen  interest in Forensic Psychology. She hopes to pursue a future career in a forensic setting. She currently volunteers for Victim Support and has also started work on her third year project looking at deception and the use of the Self-Administered Interview.

Maria Loughrey


Bio: Maria is a third year Psychology student at Royal Holloway who is particularly interested in offender mental health and hopes to pursue a career in Forensic Psychology. Since joining the Eyewitness Group, she has been transcribing interview data and conducting cross-examination interviews as part of Francesca Ainsworth’s PhD research.

Maria has previously worked as a care worker for the elderly and vulnerable adults with mental illnesses. She is curently conducting research for her third year project looking at the influence of the Self-Administered Interview on deceivers’ ability to conceal information


Jack McElligott


Bio: Jack graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a Criminology and Sociology (Bsc). His final year dissertation explored the way in which individuals perceive terrorism after 9/11 and also the way in which people construct their perceptions.

Jack has assisted Jess Derby with her PhD research by coding data for one of her studies.

Research Interests: Radicalisation, Human Rights, Terrorism, Restorative justice, Deception and Risk/Security.

Reuben Wellstead


Bio: Reuben graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a Criminology and Sociology (Bsc). His final year dissertation explored the changing relationship between women and football.

Reuben has assisted Jess Darby with her PhD research by coding data from one of her studies.

Research interests: Human Rights, Interrogation Tactics, Offender profiling, Miscarriages of justice, Eyewitness testimony, Drift theory, Cognitive dissonance and Stockholm syndrome.


Kirsty Hart


Bio: Kirsty graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a Psychology (BSc). Her final year project focused on the accuracy of eyewitness memory recall and the cognitive effects of the Self Administered Interview.

Kirsty has been trained in the cognitive interview, transcribing and coding interview data. She has also worked on studies looking at children as witnesses and the usefulness of a variety of interviewing techniques in her role as a research assistant to the eyewitness laboratory.

She is taking a year out to gain work experience before applying for Clinical and Forensic Masters.

Research Interests: Offender profiling and vulnerable witnesses.


Annie Bunce


Bio: Annie graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a First Class Psychology (BSc). Her final year project investigated how health risks are perceived by young women in pregnancy. Her interest in eyewitness testimony stems from having family members in the Police.

Annie has been trained in the cognitive interview and  is transcribing and coding interview data from the elderly people’s eyewitness testimony study currently being run in the lab.

Annie will be studying for her Masters at the University of Surrey from September 2012.

Research interests: eyewitness testimony, forensic and criminal psychology


Elina Nikolaidou


Bio: Elina graduated from RHUL in 2012 with a Psychology (BSc). Her final year prodject looked at  discrimination based on religious views, as seen on Facebook, when assessing people’s employability prospects.

She worked with Jess Darby on a project looking at episodic future thinking and has also worked as a research assistant with another Royal Holloway research group at the London Science Museum where she ran an eye-tracking study.

Research Interests: Elina is interested in several areas of psychology, primarily forensic psychology (specifically offender profiling). She is also interested in social and occupational psychology.



Gary Dalton


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Bio: Gary graduated from the University of Stirling in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. As part of his degree he spent one year studying at Sydney University on a study abroad programme. He was employed as a research assistant on an ESRC knowledge transfer project at Royal Holloway, University of London, working with Professor Memon until September 2011. Collaborators include Dr Becky Milne (Portsmouth University) and Dr Daniel Wright (Florida International University), with endorsements from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). The project aims to create national guidance on what police forces should say to witnesses before, during and after an identification parade.

Research interests: eyewitness identification, counter terrorism, police interviewing and offender profiling.



Dr. Ruth Horry


Bio: Ruth completed a post as Research Fellow at Royal Holloway in August 2010 when she moved to Australia to take up a post-doctoral position in the Eyewitness lab at Flinders University. She is working on a project on improving the accuracy of eyewitness identifications with Professor Neil Brewer and Dr. Nathan Weber. Before joining the Royal Holloway Eyewitness Group, Ruth was awarded a PhD in Psychology at Sussex University. Her PhD thesis was on the own-race bias for face recognition, and memory for source information. Prior to her PhD, Ruth completed a Masters in Psychological Research Methods in 2006 from the University of Sussex. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

Research interests: Eyewitness memory, face recognition, in-group/out-group effects on memory – including the own-race bias for face recognition, meta-cognitive experiences of remembering, stereotyping and prejudice within the justice system, source memory.


Claire van den Eeden


Bio: Claire carried out her MSc. research internship with the Royal Holloway Eyewitness Group in 2010. She studied in Maastricht, where she completed a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Psychology and a Masters in Psychology and Law. Claire is currently working in The Hague as a Research Assistant on a national project investigating the nature and extent of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in The Netherlands.

Research interests: Eyewitness memory, vulnerable suspects/witnesses, police interviewing



Alex White


Bio: Alex completed her BSc. in Psychology in 2010, for which she was awarded a First Class Honours. She’s lived in Egham, Surrey, for most of her life but also studied abroad in Toronto, Canada for the second year of her degree, and loved it. She is hoping to develop a career in either the police or prison service offering research support to criminal investigations and offender management.

Research interests: Eyewitness testimony, offender profiling, and the psychology of terror and terrorism.